Fine Arts

Beginning to intermediate level classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, paper, furniture, and more. Experiment freely in our facilities and under the guidance of our instructors.

The Introduction to Abstract Painting class leaves off where the "first generation" of Abstract painters ends and the "second generation" begins. In this class students will begin to unravel the meaning of that art historical designation. Is abstraction a chronological distinction, idea, or perhaps a bit more?

Wednesday
Sep 9 - Nov 11
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Drawing is a skill that anyone can learn! Developing the ability to draw from observation trains the eye and hand and opens a world of creative possibilities. This class is designed to offer a comprehensive introduction to the techniques, tools, and vocabulary associated with drawing as a medium. Students will learn the basic elements of drawing, such as line, value, texture, and shape, while also being conscious of the overall composition of the piece. Perspective and a multitude of visual measuring techniques will be explored as strategies for seeing and drawing.

Monday
Sep 14 - Nov 16
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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This introductory class is tailored to those who have never painted and who are ready to take the plunge. Students will use oil paint to learn basic techniques of this expansive medium. The fundamental elements of color, color theory, design, form, and content will be explored through studio work and slide lectures. This is a welcoming and engaging studio-based class; come ready to paint on the first night! / Materials fee of $5 in addition to class tuition. / Open to students ages 16 and above.

Monday
Sep 14 - Nov 16
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Master craftspeople have been making furniture one piece at a time for centuries. There's just something about these unique works that can't be duplicated in a factory. This introductory class will examine the basic philosophy of contemporary furniture design and construction, focusing on design, drawing, building, and critique. Each student will be able to design and construct a piece of furniture using materials such as wood, glass, plastics, or off-the-shelf components. Depending on project choices, students will learn woodworking or other skills to create their designs.

Saturday
Sep 12 - Nov 14
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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This class, designed for those interested in modern calligraphy, hand-lettering, and typography in general, will teach students the basics of modern calligraphy: writing posture, ink control, and letterform structure.

Knowing calligraphy is an excellent way to become more familiar with letterforms of all types. According to master letterer Jon Contino, "Learning calligraphy will give you a much more intimate sense of each letter and it will help you to learn how to manipulate each one or many together to create a beautiful composition."

Monday
Nov 2 - Nov 16
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Intended for the studio artist, this class will introduce students to the fundamental principles of color perception and manipulation. As a class, students will discuss the history and science of color and pigment; strategies for approaching color objectively; and its emotive nature and how this can affect comprehension, aesthetic appreciation, and the production of works of art and design. The class will engage in various exercises which will address successful color matching, as well as awareness of inherent interaction between colors.

Tuesday
Oct 6 - Oct 27
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Experiential Drawing is a way to explore and develop a personal drawing practice, which will inform and inspire the creative process no matter someones profession or experience level. Students in this class will draw from a variety of sources from observation to memory to imagination. Spontaneity and improvisation are the methods of exploration in the creation of mixed media drawings as well as ephemeral works. Emphasis will be placed on examining the relationship between how drawings are made and what they potentially express.

Tuesday
Sep 8 - Oct 6
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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The act of drawing from the live human form can feel intimidating. The key to success lies in a sound understanding of the creative problem-solving process, in combination with an acknowledgment and recognition of one's own "creative DNA." To aid in these endeavors, this class balances studio exercises with supplemental discussions, presentations, readings, and a field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Thursday
Sep 10 - Nov 12
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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Throughout the year, Continuing Education sponsors the Figure Drawing Co-op, an open session for anyone interested in drawing from the live nude model.

While an MCAD staff member is present to facilitate, there is no instruction provided. / No discounts or coupon codes may be applied to the purchase of a Co-op pass.

Fall Schedule:  

September 13-November 16

Sundays, 1:00-5:00 p.m. / Mondays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

/ Drawing horses and easels are available.

Monday, Sunday
Sep 13 - Nov 16
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Indigo blue has been used for thousands of years and still is fully intact on archaeological textiles. The bonding of the pigment onto fiber is incredibly strong and has caught the eyes of many cultures due to its complex and captivating chemistry. This two night workshop will go over indigo dying history and the processes involved with creating, maintaining and utilizing a naturally fermenting indigo vat. Students will dye cotton and silk swatch samples and learn resist mark making techniques such as shibori, itajime, and painting/printing designs.

Tuesday, Thursday
Sep 15 - Sep 17
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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